Cannabis culture is slowly becoming more and more mainstream with each passing year. Glass artists and pipe blowers have finally started to get a little bit of recognition in the art world, and big name celebrities are jumping on the bandwagon as well. One of the biggest steps for cannabis literature happened just recently when the first official book award was given to a cannabis author, Jorge Cervantes. This huge achievement is a long time coming for Jorge Cervantes, whose real name is George Van Patten. That being said, it was still a huge honor for him to be presented the Gold Benjamin Franklin Award for the Cannabis Encyclopedia (ISBN: 978-1-878823-34-2). The award was presented by the Independent Book Publishers Association.
Jorge Cervantes has had a long and successful career of self-publishing books. His first book was Indoor Marijuana Horticulture, which later morphed into Marijuana Horticulture. This book ended up being wildly successful and has since been translated into six different languages and has sold over one million copies. Jorge continues to be an inspiration to the community while also going out of his way to help cannabis growers around the world. Although Jorge has already had lots of honors bestowed upon him, especially from within the community, this award is still very special to him. Here’s what he had to say, “After 33 years publishing cannabis books Van Patten Publishing is proud to receive this award from the IBPA, the first association to recognize a cannabis book with an award” said Van Patten at the awards ceremony in Salt Lake City, UT April 8, 2016.
While this award is truly a huge milestone for the cannabis industry, it is hopefully just one of many marijuana medias that starts getting the respect it deserves. There is still a long way to go and Jorge knows that as well as anyone. That’s why he is still staying as busy as ever working on books, videos, and his website forum to help cannabis growers continue to improve. Jorge Cervantes is also one of the instructors at the world’s largest online cannabis school, THC University. Be sure to check out THC University if you’re interested in getting certified in a variety of cannabis programs and learning useful tips on how to get your dream job in the marijuana industry.